Contact the Elderly charity in Seaford is looking for volunteers

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Could you be a driver or a Sunday afternoon tea party host in Seaford?

Then a charity tackling loneliness among isolated older people is looking for you.

Contact the Elderly organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of elderly people and is running a campaign to find more volunteers in Seaford as the shorter daylight hours leave isolated older people even more lonely and at risk of developing poor health.

Volunteer drivers accompany older guests from their home to the tea parties where hosts welcome a small group of older people and volunteers into their own home for tea just once or twice a year for a chat and companionship.

Contact the Elderly’s Surrey & Sussex Development Officer, Julia Rivas, said: “Many people can relate to feeling a bit flat once summer’s over, but for very elderly people, the shorter days and worse weather can mean they become even more isolated, which can impact on general wellbeing and health.

“We find that our service becomes even more of a lifeline in the winter months, particularly as for many of our older guests, the Contact the Elderly gatherings are their only social outlet.”

The group has a different host each month but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same.

This ensures that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Seaford residents who would like to volunteer can contact Julia on 01273 401569 or julia.rivas@contact-the-elderly.org.uk